Top Ten Global Weather Events of 2012

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:34 PM GMT on January 11, 2013

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It was another year of incredible weather extremes globally during 2012. The year featured two of the most expensive weather disasters in world history--Hurricane Sandy and the Great U.S. Drought of 2012, which will both cost more than $50 billion. Thankfully, no disasters had a death toll in excess of 2,000, though the 1,901 people dead or missing due to Super Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines may rank as that nation's 2nd deadliest typhoon ever. Twenty-six weather disasters costing at least $1 billion occurred globally, according to insurance broker AON Benfield. Eleven billion-dollar weather disasters hit the U.S., a figure exceeded only by the fourteen such disasters in 2011. Nine billion-dollar weather disasters hit China, their highest total in a decade of record-keeping. I present for you, now, the top ten global weather stories of 2012, chosen for their meteorological significance and human and economic impact:



1) New Record Minimum for Arctic Sea Ice (September 16)
Sea ice extent in the Arctic fell to 3.41 million square kilometers on September 16, breaking the previous all-time low set in 2007 by 18%--despite the fact that 2012's Arctic weather was much cloudier and cooler than in 2007. Nearly half (49%) of the icecap was gone during 2012s minimum, compared to the average minimum for the years 1979 - 2000. This is an area approximately 43% of the size of the contiguous United States. And, for the fifth consecutive year--and fifth time in recorded history--ice-free navigation was possible in the Arctic along the coast of Canada (the Northwest Passage), and along the coast of Russia (the Northeast Passage or Northern Sea Route.) "We are now in uncharted territory," said NSIDC Director Mark Serreze. "While we've long known that as the planet warms up, changes would be seen first and be most pronounced in the Arctic, few of us were prepared for how rapidly the changes would actually occur. While lots of people talk about opening of the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic islands and the Northern Sea Route along the Russian coast, twenty years from now from now in August you might be able to take a ship right across the Arctic Ocean." Arctic sea ice is an important component of the global climate system. The polar ice caps help to regulate global temperature by reflecting sunlight back into space. White snow and ice at the poles reflects sunlight, but dark ocean absorbs it. Replacing bright sea ice with dark ocean is a recipe for more and faster global warming. The fall air temperature over the Arctic has increased by 4 - 6°F in the past decade, and we could already be seeing the impacts of this warming in the mid-latitudes, by an increase in extreme weather events. Another non-trivial impact of the absence of sea ice is that is causes increased melting in Greenland, contributing to sea level rise.


Figure 1. A sunny, slushy day near the North Pole on September 1, 2012. Webcam image courtesy of the North Pole Environmental Observatory. It won't be many years before Santa's workshop needs pontoons in the summer to stay afloat.

2) Agricultural Drought in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (Summer)
Drought is civilization's great enemy, and the most dangerous threat from global warming. Drought impacts the two things we need to live--food and water. When the rains stop and the soil dries up, cities die and civilizations collapse, as people abandon lands no longer able to supply them with the food and water they need to live. In a harbinger of things to come, severe droughts affected important agricultural regions across the globe during summer 2012, including eastern Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and central North America. Wheat, corn, and soybean crops were among those heavily impacted; global food prices rose by 10 percent during July. While it will be several months before the costs of America's worst drought since the 1930s Dust Bowl are known, the 2012 drought is expected to cut America's GDP by 0.5 - 1 percentage points, said Deutsche Bank Securities. Since the U.S. GDP is approximately $15 trillion, the drought of 2012 represents a $75 - $150 billion hit to the U.S. economy. This is in the same range as the estimate of $77 billion in costs for the drought, made by Purdue University economist Chris Hurt in August, and the Great U.S. Drought of 2012 is going to be one of the top-five most expensive weather disasters in world history.


Figure 2. Corn in Colby, Kansas withers in the Great Drought of 2012 on May 27. Image credit: Wunderphotographer treeman.

3) Superstorm Sandy (October 29)
Hurricane Sandy was the most powerful and second most destructive Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Ten hours before landfall, at 9:30 am EDT October 29, the total energy of Sandy's winds of tropical storm-force and higher peaked at 329 terajoules--the highest value for any Atlantic hurricane since at least 1969, and equivalent to more than five Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. At landfall, Sandy's tropical storm-force winds spanned 943 miles of the the U.S. coast. No hurricane on record has been larger. Sandy's huge size prompted high wind warnings to be posted from Chicago to Eastern Maine, and from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Florida's Lake Okeechobee--an area home to 120 million people. Sandy's winds simultaneously caused damage to buildings on the shores of Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore, and toppled power lines in Nova Scotia, Canada--locations 1200 miles apart! Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ on October 29, with sustained winds of 80 mph and a central minimum pressure of 946 mb--the lowest pressure on record along the Northeast coast. The Battery, in New York City Harbor, had an observed water level of 13.88 feet, besting the previous record set by Hurricane Donna in 1960 by 3 feet. Sandy's catastrophic storm surge was responsible for the majority of the 131 deaths and $62 billion in damage in the U.S. Sandy also brought torrential rainfall in excess of 12 inches to the mid-Atlantic, and blizzard conditions to the central and southern Appalachians. Sandy's late-season show of unprecedented strength, unusual track, and exceptionally damaging storm surge were made more likely due to climate change, and the storm helped bring more awareness and debate about the threat of climate change to the U.S. than any event since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Figure 3. Hurricane Sandy at 10:10 am EDT October 28, 2012. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

4) Greenland Ice Sheet melt and Glacier Calving (July)
Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40 percent of the Greenland ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. But during four consecutive days July 11 - 14, temperatures rose above freezing at the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet, which is 10,551 feet (3216 meters) above sea level and 415 miles (670 km) north of the Arctic Circle. Melting of the ice sheet dramatically accelerated, and an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. This was the greatest melt since 1889, according to ice core records. On July 16, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan calved from the Petermann Glacier in Northeast Greenland. This was the second huge ice island to calve from the glacier since 2010. The glacier's margins have now retreated to the farthest point in the last 150 years. The record melt in Greenland caused the highest loss of ice mass observed in the satellite era, and melting from Greenland is now thought to cause about 0.7 mm/year of global sea level rise, which is about 20 - 25% of the global total.


Figure 4. The massive 46 square-mile iceberg two times the size of Manhattan that calved from Greenland's Petermann Glacier on July 16, 2012, as seen on July 21, 2012, using MODIS satellite imagery. Image credit: NASA.

5) Super Typhoon Bopha (December 3 - 4)
The deadliest weather disaster of 2012 was Super Typhoon Bopha. Bopha was the strongest typhoon ever hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, making landfall as a Category 5 super typhoon with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h) on December 3. Bopha made two additional landfalls in the Philippines, on central Visayas and on Palawan, on December 4. The typhoon left 1901 people dead or missing, mostly on the island of Mindanao. If the missing people are presumed dead, this total would make Bopha the 2nd deadliest typhoon in Philippine history. Bopha affected over 5.4 million people and left over 700,000 people homeless. With damages estimated at $1.04 billion, Bopha is the most costly typhoon ever to hit the Philippines. The previous record was the $600 million price tag of 2009's Typhoon Parma.


Figure 5. December 7, 2012: rescuers and residents look for missing victims amongst toppled tree trunks and coconut shells after flash floods caused by Super Typhoon Bopha hit Compostela Valley on Mindanao Island in the Philippines on December 3 - 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jay Morales, Malacanang Photo Bureau, HO)

6) Northern Hemisphere Warmth (throughout 2012)
Land areas in the Northern Hemisphere reached record warm monthly values for four consecutive months (April - July). Much of the unusual warmth occurred in North America; Canada was 3rd warmest on record for the period January- September, and the United States had its warmest year on record. Many European countries and Russia had record to near-record warm summer temperatures in 2012.


Figure 6. This young lady chose to cool her heels in the Fox River on June 28, 2012, as the temperature was topping 102 degrees in Carpentersville, IL imag credit: wunderphotographer pjpix.

7) Eurasian Continent Cold Wave (January 24 - February 17)
Europe's worst cold snap in at least 26 years hit central and eastern Europe hard during a 3-week period in late January and the first half of February. The 824 deaths being blamed on the cold wave made it 2012's second deadliest weather disaster. Parts of the Danube River froze over for the first time in 25 years, and Northeast China through eastern Inner Mongolia recorded extremely cold minimum temperatures ranging between -30°C to -40°C.


Figure 7. Snow falls in Trogir, Croatia on February 3, 2012. Image credit: wunderphotographer antoniomise.

8) China Floods (July 21 - 22)
Torrential downpours on July 21 - 22 affected Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei, with several stations recording their highest daily precipitation on record. Mentougou recorded an impressive 305.2 mm (12 inches) of precipitation in one day. The floods killed 129 people and did $4.8 billion in damage, one of a record nine billion-dollar weather disasters to affect China in 2012.


Figure 8. A Chinese man uses a signboard to signal motorists driving through flooded street following a heavy rain in Beijing Saturday, July 21, 2012. China's government says these were the heaviest rains to hit Beijing in six decades. The torrential downpour left low-lying streets flooded and knocked down trees. (AP Photo)

9) Pakistan Floods (August 21 - September 30)
Torrential monsoon rains caused deadly floods in Pakistan, with Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh provinces the hardest hit. Over 5 million people and over 400,000 hectares of crops were affected by the floods, with more than 460,000 houses and infrastructures damaged or destroyed. The death toll of 455 made it Earth's 3rd deadliest weather-related disaster of 2012.


Figure 9. A driver makes his way on a street flooded from heavy rain in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

10) African Floods (July - October)
Heavy rains in Nigeria killed at least 431, making it Earth's 4th deadliest weather disaster of 2012. Over 3 million people were affected by flooding across 15 countries in Africa, most notably Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, and Chad. The floods destroyed farmlands, homes, and schools, and caused outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.

Other Top Ten Weather Lists of 2012
My Top Ten U.S. Weather Events of 2012.

Wunderground's Angela Fritz's has a list of Top Climate Events of 2012.

A group of seventeen climate scientists and climate bloggers created a Climate Disruption: Critical 2012 Events and Stories list of 19 key climate change events that occurred in 2012.

TWC's Stu Ostro has his annual post showing his pick for top weather images of 2012.

Climate Central has a top-ten most striking images of 2012 post.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Jeff Masters

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Quoting Minnemike:
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/quake.asp
why so irresponsible Aussie.. by now, you Have to understand what the Internet is, and produces, and you Have to do Your own homework to be responsible.

please don't be so irresponsible!

Unfortunately some people believe this tripe. I certainately do not believe this prediction It has spawned other twitter accounts predicting quakes around Japan. It's sickening.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
CPC update issued today has Nino 3.4 at La Nina threhold. See the update at my ENSO blog.

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Well looks like another active hurricane season is in the works....We will yet again be spoiled with tracking lots of storms.Their is only so long we can go before another season like 1997 or 2009 appears...
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1222. LargoFl
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Quoting JustPlantIt:
Yikes!

Quoting stormchaser19:


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Not much to worry about, if you go to there twitter page, they have predictions everyday. None have come true.
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If that comes true, that's quite a prediction!
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Quoting LargoFl:
yes the state should go in there and wipe them all out before a kid does get killed..its just a matter of time
They've been trying to do something about it but due to the marshy nature of the place the snakes can easily hide themselves and their nest.But they do need to get rid of those monsters.In the Chesapeake and lake Michigan they have this areas where its these electrical currents flowing threw the water that will electrocute anything.But that means the native wild life will also be in danger.
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Quoting AussieStorm:
@Quakeprediction predicts a “7.4+” quake “likely” from the LA Airport to Oceanside area in a 1/17-1/22 window.


Predict Earthquake is not a big deal!!!!!!!!Nobody Knows
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http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/quake.asp
why so irresponsible Aussie.. by now, you Have to understand what the Internet is, and produces, and you Have to do Your own homework to be responsible.

please don't be so irresponsible!
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CPC update issued today has Nino 3.4 at La Nina threshold. See the update at my ENSO blog.

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1215. LargoFl
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1214. LargoFl
Quoting percylives:


Right on, Largo. They have no business in the Glades.

I'm afraid a child being devoured by one of these snakes is now only a matter of time. After that the public out-cry will be deafening.
yes the state should go in there and wipe them all out before a kid does get killed..its just a matter of time
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1213. hydrus
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Quoting AussieStorm:
@Quakeprediction predicts a “7.4+” quake “likely” from the LA Airport to Oceanside area in a 1/17-1/22 window.


??????????????
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Yikes!
Quoting AussieStorm:
@Quakeprediction predicts a “7.4+” quake “likely” from the LA Airport to Oceanside area in a 1/17-1/22 window.

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Quoting LargoFl:
yeah its all over the news..i just watched a show on that snake..the hunter who has lived in the glades all his life said those snakes can eat a BEAR!!..sorry Peta but that snake has no business being in florida..some jerk many years ago let loose some snakes in the glades NOW look at their population..it has no business being in florida,after awhile it will start spreading out into populated area's..just imagine your child siding up to one..look mommy a snake..geez


Right on, Largo. They have no business in the Glades.

I'm afraid a child being devoured by one of these snakes is now only a matter of time. After that the public out-cry will be deafening.
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1209. LargoFl
is LA swampy?..they sure do get alot of rain there huh..
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Quoting LargoFl:
yeah its all over the news..i just watched a show on that snake..the hunter who has lived in the glades all his life said those snakes can eat a BEAR!!..sorry Peta but that snake has no business being in florida..some jerk many years ago let loose some snakes in the glades NOW look at their population..it has no business being in florida,after awhile it will start spreading out into populated area's..just imagine your child siding up to one..look mommy a snake..geez
Now that's one thing that makes me angry is that now the Everglades has become one big snake infestation.Unfortunately the warm moist tropical environment supports their growth/expansion.Maybe if you guys had a couple of days in the 20's down there that'll kill off half of them.I see pictures of alligators and other animals being swallowed whole.Disgusting.
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@Quakeprediction predicts a 7.4 quake likely from the LA Airport to Oceanside area in a 1/17-1/22 window.

*NOTE*

Remember, KNOW ONE can predict a quake. Any quake prediction is just a guess and 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% wrong.
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1206. LargoFl
Quoting beell:


You have to go out about 240 hrs on the GFS for the real cold ADDED: for your part of the world. Based on 850mb temps alone, Upper 30's for the lows Thurs/Fri after next.

Cold air advection and breezy conditions would be a couple of factors to consider in dropping the temps a few more degrees.
it would be good for lows in the 20's and low 30's here..get rid of some of these bugs lol..god its awful walking thru the park..its like summertime
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1205. LargoFl
Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Largo....Saturday was the kick-off for the "Python Challenge" in south Florida. Almost 800 people have signed up to hunt the Burmese Python with cash prizes. Not sure how many snake were captured. PETA is speaking out regarding how the snakes are disposed of. They say that decapitating the snake in inhumane. They say the snake will live an hour after losing it's head... Just stating what I read... Not for or against.
yeah its all over the news..i just watched a show on that snake..the hunter who has lived in the glades all his life said those snakes can eat a BEAR!!..sorry Peta but that snake has no business being in florida..some jerk many years ago let loose some snakes in the glades NOW look at their population..it has no business being in florida,after awhile it will start spreading out into populated area's..just imagine your child siding up to one..look mommy a snake..geez
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Oh you should have seen me and other winter/snow loving Washingtonians telling off the sissy ones yesterday.They forget it's January and not April.But let's not worry because a high of 42 is forecast for tomorrow.So they'll be bitten in the butt ;-).

Yes largo I saw that.I want my heavy coat to go to work this winter.
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1203. LargoFl
Quoting washingtonian115:
It is very moist and warm outside right now.Which feels very disgusting especially for this time a year.If winter is going to be like this I might as well start renting out a house in Florida.Thats what it feels like at the moment.Winter come back and kick spring in the a**.
..well i saw a 15 day prediction for DC and the high was 21 for the day..we'll see if that pans out
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Quoting stormchaser19:
Wowww!!!!!! The Equatorial Pacific waters are continuing cooling down

Shhh, I don't want a La Nina. I'll take a La Nina Winter though.
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1201. LargoFl
Quoting hydrus:
wow do you think that strong one will make it into central florida Hydrus?
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1200. hydrus
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Tonga prepared for possible cyclone

Tonga is gearing up for a possible cyclone as a tropical depression heads for the centre of the island chain.

Forecasters say it may develop into a cyclone in the next day or so.

Acting Prime Minister, Samiu Vaipulu, told Radio Australia says there's a good chance a tropical depression will pass by the island chain without strengthening into a cyclone.

Mr Vaipulu says there'll be another meeting of Tonga's National Emergency Management Office in the morning to discuss any developments overnight.

He says although the news is good, the tropical depression is still out there and it could turn around, gather strength and come back.

And the government is preparing in case the worst does happen.

"We are starting to identify evacuation centres... We'll start announcing which places to go to and things like that if this develops into a tropical cyclone." he said.

Mr Vaipulu says weather information and a warning on the possible threat started on radio and television on Sunday.

National Emergency Management Office Director, Leveni Aho told Radio Australia forecasters expect the weather front to move over Tonga late on Tuesday afternoon.

But he says the authorities are on standby.

"We have alerted most of the utilities, the police force, Tonga Defence Services, Tonga Red Cross and all the associated agencies that deal with disaster management." he said.

Mr Aho says no public warnings have been issued as the depression has not yet formed into a cyclone.


© ABC 2013
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1198. pcola57
Good morning All..
i wonder how much this map will change after todays rain..
Getting steady rain here in Grennville,SC..
Started around 4am and still raining as of this post..
.45 so far since midnight..


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Wowww!!!!!! The Equatorial Pacific waters are continuing cooling down
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It is very moist and warm outside right now.Which feels very disgusting especially for this time a year.If winter is going to be like this I might as well start renting out a house in Florida.Thats what it feels like at the moment.Winter come back and kick spring in the a**.
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Today is the 55th anniversary of tragic loss



Typhoon Ophelia cuts a swath of destruction across Jaluit Atoll, Ponape, Truk, and Yap and finally, on January 15, 1958, brings down an Air Force WB-50 reconnaissance plane, claiming the lives of all ten crewmen.

Aircraft Commander- Captain Albert J Lauer

Pilot- Captain Clyde W Tefertiller

Weathar Observer- Captain Marcus G Miller

Navigator- First Lieutenant Courtland Beeler III

Navigator- First Lieutenant Paul J Buerkle Jr

Flight Engineer- Technical Sergeant De1ivan L Gordon

Flight Engineer- Staff Sergeant Kenneth L Tetzloff

Radio Operator- Staff Sergeant Kenneth L Houseman

Radio Operator- Airman First Class Randolph C Watts

Weather Technician- Airman First Class Bernard G Tullgren
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Quoting LargoFl:
REMIND ME NEVER TO GO TO THE EVERGLADES.........."This thing is monstrous, it's about a foot wide," Kenneth Krysko, the herpetology collection manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said of the 17-foot-7-inch (5.35-metre) creature.

Scientists at the University of Florida-based museum examined the 164.5-pound (74.5-kilogram) snake on Friday as part of a government research project into managing the pervasive effect of Burmese pythons in Florida.

The giant snakes – native to southeast Asia and first found in the Everglades in 1979 – prey on native birds, deer, bobcats, alligators and other large animals.
Largo....Saturday was the kick-off for the "Python Challenge" in south Florida. Almost 800 people have signed up to hunt the Burmese Python with cash prizes. Not sure how many snake were captured. PETA is speaking out regarding how the snakes are disposed of. They say that decapitating the snake in inhumane. They say the snake will live an hour after losing it's head... Just stating what I read... Not for or against.
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This is interesting. Victoria, TX - Light Snow

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1192. ncstorm
Happy Monday Morning..

Via Meteorologist Tim Buckley from Facebook

Jimmy Kimmel showing how California Local News are reacting to the cold weather..LOL..
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Didn't you get 2 big snow events 2 years running, was it 2009 and 2010. Snowmagedon I think one was called.


I think that snowmegadon refers to the February 10, 2010 storm that swept through Pennsylvania and the midAtlantic states.. that one missed us.

Last winter was abysmal, and we picked up 22 inches from October to March (compared to an average of 46 inches).

2010-2011 was a decent season. Our last respectable storm was in December 2010: 10 inches.

2009-2010 we had one storm over five inches.. an 8 incher.

But you are correct, aside from last year, we've had our share of storms. Sometimes its just hard to accept that it can snow on the deep south when it's warm here.
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1190. VR46L
Got to feel for the folks in LA and MS it seems like it never stopped raining since Isaac

Loop Embedded

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1189. SuzK
Quoting AussieStorm:

We are in our 2nd month of Summer. It was predicted to be hot but no one thought it would be this hot for this long, it's been brutal. Summer is December 1 -> February 28.


Up north,(PA USA) we are about 1/2 way through meteorological winter. Will there be a heat wave again in Feb? Early spring again? Looks like the odds are 50/50. In the mean time, record-breaking winter cold coming first? The weather is more interesting worldwide day by day.
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Quoting HurrikanEB:
Not gonna lie...
Being in New York, I always have to take it with a grain of salt when I see winter weather advisories posted for the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama areas, when we're in the 50's. I want my snow back :/

Didn't you get 2 big snow events 2 years running, was it 2009 and 2010. Snowmagedon I think one was called.
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Not gonna lie...
Being in New York, I always have to take it with a grain of salt when I see winter weather advisories posted for the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama areas, when we're in the 50's ...Rochester, NY maxed out at 69 degrees yesterday. I want my snow back :/
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@AnthonyQuintano Anthony Quintano
New York City is playing hide and seek
NYC in the fog.
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Maria LaRosa %u263C %u200F@twcMariaLaRosa

What Beijing's record-breaking air pollution looked like from space over the weekend.

1km image
250m size image
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1184. beell
Morning soundings a little dry, and lower levels still a little warm. Most of the radar returns may not be making it to the ground as frozen precip.


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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Good MorningKori.
Good Morning Largo.
Warm and humid here this morning.
70F on da bayou.


Morning Doug.
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Quoting aislinnpaps:
Seems like the north and south have switched temperatures for a day. Aussie, hope you guys have cooled down a bit.

Kori, had a friend drive down to Opolousas this weekend, said the sides along 49 are really under water. You guys down there have had even more rain than we have.

Everyone have a great Monday and Aussie, have a great Tuesday.
I'm getting a little bored of this wet pattern now. Bring on the nonzero chance for snow or something.
*yawn*
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1181. LargoFl
REMIND ME NEVER TO GO TO THE EVERGLADES.........."This thing is monstrous, it's about a foot wide," Kenneth Krysko, the herpetology collection manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said of the 17-foot-7-inch (5.35-metre) creature.

Scientists at the University of Florida-based museum examined the 164.5-pound (74.5-kilogram) snake on Friday as part of a government research project into managing the pervasive effect of Burmese pythons in Florida.

The giant snakes – native to southeast Asia and first found in the Everglades in 1979 – prey on native birds, deer, bobcats, alligators and other large animals.
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See those purple warnings in northeastern Louisiana, southeastern Arkansas, and west-central Mississippi? Those are Ice Storm Warnings. In these warning areas, ice accumulations of >.5" are expected.

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1179. LargoFl
Any stupid people like this where YOU live..geez...ST. PETERSBURG --
A woman who was being chased on foot after stealing a cell phone in south St. Petersburg jumped into a police cruiser that was left running, took off and wasn't caught until she was spotted at a McDonald's across Tampa Bay, police said.
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1178. LargoFl
well the 2 week forecast doesnt show any real cold for my area..we'll see what happens
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1177. SuzK
Quoting nymore:
Look at Embarrass MN it is colder than I' Falls. I have even drank at The Cold Spot Bar there years ago


Pellston MI also makes that claim!!
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1176. LargoFl
Quoting beell:


You have to go out about 240 hrs on the GFS for the real cold.
ok thanks, lets see if it verifies..doesnt seem like winter here at all so far..
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1175. LargoFl
Looks like rain for me next monday,we need it.....
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1174. beell
Quoting LargoFl:
GFS still has my area in the 70's at 150 hours......


You have to go out about 240 hrs on the GFS for the real cold ADDED: for your part of the world. Based on 850mb temps alone, Upper 30's for the lows Thurs/Fri after next.

Cold air advection and breezy conditions would be a couple of factors to consider in dropping the temps a few more degrees.
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